The third-quarter jump was biggest in North America and the Europe-Middle East-Africa region, according to Infonetics, an international communications market research and consulting firm.
Worldwide, WLAN revenues grew 14% from quarter to quarter, reaching $680 million, and by 12% compared to the same quarter one year ago. The firm estimates the overall WLAN market will grow by 17% in 2010 compared to 2009 when fourth quarter results are finally reported.
Sales of single mode Wi-Fi phones, intended for use only with a Wi-Fi connection, jumped 20% quarter to quarter, topping 100,000 units.
Shipments of 802.11n access points were up 5% over the previous quarter and 16% from one year ago, according to Infonetics. This category now accounts for 44% of all access point shipments, and is expected to continue to increase strongly in 2011.
Cisco reclaimed the lion’s share of the global Wi-Fi market, rising 4% over the prior quarter to 51% worldwide. Aruba remained in second place, with HP taking the number 3 slot in part due to its purchase of 3Com.
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